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Is this sleep apnea??

Posted In: Sleep disorders 3 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 9, 2007
  • 02:56 PM

Hello everyone.

Before going to see my doctor, I wanted to try and figure out if what I have is sleep apnea. So here is an explanation of what happens to me. If you think it might be sleep apnea, please let me know.

It will always happen when I am falling asleep at night. I will be just about to fall asleep, and then it's almost like I become conscious in my mind that I'm not able to breathe, and for a second or so I struggle to tell myself to breathe. On a night when this happens, it will happen repeatedly (maybe 5-10 times) before I am finally able to fall asleep.

This all first started happening about 5 years ago. For the 4 years or so it only happened once in a while (maybe once a year). Now, it's happening about once a week or so.

This is the wierd part. When it started 5 years ago, it was a little different than it is now. In that moment where I would start to not be able to breathe so well, I would get this buzzing in my head - not JUST the sound of a buzzing, but it felt like I could actually feel this buzzing in my head. Like an electrical wave or something. That's how it happened the first few times. Lately (the last 6 mos or so), this buzzing hasn't happened.

I'd love to know if this sounds like sleep apnea. I'd also love to know if anyone else has had this "buzzing" experience.

Thank-you everyone.

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